Congress moves ahead with deal to avoid shutdown

Lawmakers Reach Shutdown Deal, But Will Trump Sign It?

Democrats have vowed to respond appropriately to any declaration, saying it would be a "lawless act".

With polls showing the public blamed him and GOP lawmakers, Mr Trump folded on Jan 25 without getting any of the wall funds. "The president should never again harm all three by forcing a government shutdown to get his way", he said. The president had demanded $5.7 billion of funding for a wall on the border, but congressional Democrats refused to provide any funding for a wall after retaking the House of Representatives.

Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Georgia, told reporters Tuesday that he hoped Mr. Trump would not call a national emergency, due to "the opportunity it opens for even more mischief which slows us down". Goitein said in a blog post that Trump has undermined his case that the emergency would be constitutionally valid.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who emerged as Trump's top rival on his quest to build the wall, said she is considering filing a legal challenge and reviewing other options to curb funding for it.

The legislation would provide $1.37 billion in new money to help build 55 miles (88.5 km) of new physical barriers on the border.

Trump was expected to take action after signing a bill providing funding to keep the government running, the White House said.

The House of Represenatives swiftly followed suit, approving the bill with a 300-128 tally.

An executive action declaring the nation is in a state of a national emergency is sure to meet legal challenges, something Republicans cautioned the president about in recent weeks.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

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She further chided the president by reminding him that previous year he pledged to never sign a spending bill like this again. "The Congress will defend our constitutional authorities".

President Donald Trump is set to declare a national emergency to receive funding for his proposed border wall on the U.S. -Mexico border - which would make it the 32nd national emergency that's now in place. "And we're going to take a look at it when it comes".

Of course, the drawbacks to this course that were apparent in January are still there. Earlier this month, McConnell had cautioned Trump that declaring an emergency could divide Senate Republicans, the Washington Post reported. "But the emergency declaration would quickly spark lawsuits challenging the president's authority, creating yet another fight over his key campaign promise".

America has survived many national emergencies. "Hopefully they will let us know", said Senator John Thune, the second-ranking GOP leader as he left a Republican conference lunch where the issue was discussed at length.

The Trump administration has suggested that it could use national emergency powers to redirect money already committed by Congress for other purposes toward paying for Trump's wall.

So Trump relented. Now he wants to bully his way to building a wall by justifying his action on national security and humanitarian grounds.

In late 2018, Trump initially indicated that he would sign off on a spending package that did not include funding for his border wall.

However there is debate about whether the situation at the southern United States border constitutes such an emergency.

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